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PEX- the PHILADELPHIA EXPERIMENT.

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WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF THE MADLY HAPPY PEOPLE!

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One of the best things about summer festivals is that you get to spend more quality time with your friends, living in the middle of nowhere, sharing everything. You share personal space in many areas of everyday life in the way that you don’t do in the city. From bathroom to preparation time before the night parties, from intimate moments to deepest conversations under the night sky.

During my PEX Festival experience a couple of weeks ago, I once again I realized that even though sometimes you consider some people friends and honestly think you know who they are, you only get to know them fully when you share toothpaste and breakfast, love stories and life lessons, morning dew in your hair and blanket by campfire at 6am. It’s a vortex that sucks you into that human closeness that can be so good and intoxicating, called deep connection.

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And while, so typical to human behavior, in our everyday lives we tend to mostly bond deeper through the times of highs and lows, when we connect deeper, we start weaving a beautiful net, a network, a web of more connections.  In my personal experience, as soon as I click with someone on a new level, immediately some sort of collaboration or labor of love is born. I can’t even remember how many beautiful ideas and collaborations for this blog happened during these festivals with my friends. It’s deeply touching to me that after hearing about what I do here on the blog, people want to contribute would love stories to our Love Project, technical support and even web development. It makes these moments of closeness that much more precious. They are like bright stars in the sky of my memories from these trips.

 

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PEX is one of Burning Man’s little brothers. It’s based on many of the same principles such as gratitude, awareness, leave-no-trace policy and gifting/trading culture. And even though artists, craftsmen and food providers are scattered all over the festival perimeter, selling their products, guests of the festival are encouraged to embrace the gifting culture. People bring gifts with them to PEX to give away to strangers, set up all kinds of free amenities in their camps and genuinely invest time in providing small comforts for other guests of the festival. And it shows from the moment you step onto the ground of the festival land. The level of friendliness here is off the charts! Very quickly you forget your 9 to 5 job back in the city and switch into your animal onesie or some type of burning man inspired outfit, pour some glitter over your hear and head out bravely into the night, seeking the adventure you didn’t realize you were looking for.

One of my favorite things about PEX was that no matter what time of the day or night or location on the premises, you were always entertained. Non-stop! Whether you were getting showered by an ocean of bubbles steadily flowing out into the air 24/7 in a nearby camp or being entertained by air gymnasts, while lounging at the pool with your friends dressed in mermaid tails, floating around amidst gigantic blow-up animals, mixed with cheering humans, painted and with feathers in their hair, whether you were watching amazing 3D light projections into tree crowns, wondering whether you had one drink too many, realizing you haven’t had a drink in 3 years or while you were stomping away in the circle on the roller blades which you haven’t done since you were six- you constantly felt like the party just never ended! For three full days and nights!

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My friends and I stayed at the Hacienda camp- a poly friendly, sex-positive community that came to PEX to create a positive and safe environment for consensual sex and provide sex education. Hacienda staff provided workshops on polyamory, open relationships and even types of sexual stimulation for women. It was great to see the reaction of people as they were exiting a lecture on polyamory, for example. So many minds educated, so many eyes opened! The misconceptions about sexuality, relationship outlines as well as sexual relationships in our society are countless! I’m glad we were able to provide people not only with information but also with direct contact with people who are living the lifestyle.

“Orgasmeter” was set up in the morning of the first day. These results speak for themselves! 🙂

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It’s always especially nice to see couples having festival experiences together. It definitely opens your relationship up to a very different adventure and can show you a side of your partner you have never seen before!

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Bubble machine was definitely very popular.

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Many people come as a whole family. There’s a children’s camp and activities.

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I love people watching on this festivals. People are so open and often different than the versions of themselves they wear during the week.

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And then one afternoon it rained.

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When the night descends, a whole new fairytale begins.

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To be continued…

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